Human Rights Watch is appealing to King Abdullah of
Fawza Falih confessed to practicing witchcraft after being beaten by the Saudi religious police. She retracted her confession in court saying it was extracted under duress. She also said that as an illiterate woman she did not understand the documents she was forced to fingerprint. However, witnesses testified that she had bewitched them including one man who was suddenly impotent. According to another witness, a divorced woman reportedly returned to her ex-husband during the month predicted by the witch said to have cast the spell. For this she has been sentenced to death.
In November, Egyptian pharmacist Mustapha Ibrahim, who worked in the northern city of
These are the same fine folks who within the past few months:
- Suppress Valentine’s Day annually,
- Jailed Ahmed al-Farham for advocating reform in the Saudi kingdom on his blog.
- Charged a woman with adultery who had been gang raped and sentenced her to prison and to receive 200 lashes by a whip. King Abdullah pardoned her for her “crime.” (See here, here, here and here.)
- Convicted two gay men of sodomy and flogged them 7000 lashes each.
According to Peter Tatchell, a human rights activist, "The British and
In their letter to the king, Human Rights Watch urged the sentence on the woman be lifted and authorities responsible for her mistreatment and the violation of her rights be investigated and prosecuted.